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2013 Women's History Month Activities

City of Portland

2013 Women’s History Month Calendar of Events

The 2013 National Women’s History Month theme, Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination, honors generations of women who throughout American history have used their intelligence, imagination, sense of wonder, and tenacity to make extraordinary contributions to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.


Nominate “Wonder Women”

Honor women at the City who serve as mentors, leaders, and exceptional co-workers.

Nomination forms are due by Monday, March 18th, 5 p.m.  Submit completed nomination form via email to: Carla Ralston with “WHM Nomination” in the subject line.  Please attach a photo of the nominee if available.  Contact Carla Ralston with questions, 3-7776.

Dress for Success Clothing Drive

Donate gently used professional women’s clothing of all sizes.  Donation bins will be available in the PortlandBuilding’s lobby, 5th and 6th floors; and Room 4B in the 1900 Building until March 28th.  Contact Barbara Rice with questions, 3-7960.

Women’s History Month Kick-off Breakfasts

Tuesday, March 5th, 8 – 9 a.m. – Portland Building, 1st Floor, Common Area

Wednesday, March 6th, 8 - 9:15 a.m. – 1900 Building, Room 4A

Enjoy a healthy breakfast of coffee, tea, and last year’s hit – the make-your-own-granola bar – with your colleagues! We’ll have fun facts, newspaper articles, and even a crossword puzzle to test your knowledge of important women in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Proclamation by City Council

Wednesday, March 6th, 9:30 a.m. – City Hall, Council Chambers

Join us at City Hall to hear Mayor Hales proclaim Women’s History Month.

Film: Good Work Sister!

Wednesday, March 6th, noon – 1 p.m. – Portland Building, 2nd Floor, Auditorium

An oral history of women who worked in the shipyards ofPortlandandVancouverduring World War II.  Winner of the Oral History Association’s 2007 Non-Print Format Award.

International Women’s Day

Friday, March 8th

Tell a woman why she is important to you.

Film: Miss Representation (First Half)

Tuesday, March 12th, 12:15 – 1 p.m. – 1900 Building, Room 4A

A documentary that explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence.  For more information and to view a trailer:

Supporting City Women: organizations providing opportunities for volunteering, mentoring, learning and networking

Wednesday, March 13th, noon - 1 p.m. – Portland Building, 2nd Floor, Auditorium

Come to a panel event designed to build connections to outside technical resources in an effort to increase support, mentoring, volunteerism, learning and networking of women working technical jobs for the City.

Film: Miss Representation (Second Half)

Thursday, March 14th, 12:15 - 1 p.m. – 1900 Building, Room 4A

See March 12th description.

Photography Exhibit: Eve Crane

Thursday, March 14th, noon – 1 p.m. – PDC, 222 NW 5th Ave., 1st Floor, Commission Conference Room

Photographer Eve Crane will show and speak about her photographs of the Black Panther Party taken in 1968-1969.

IN HER STEPS: African American Women, 1900-1940

Sunday, March 17th, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Portland State University Multicultural Center, Room 228 in the Smith Memorial Building, 1825 SW Broadway

Please join PSU for the introduction of the IN HER STEPS: African American Women, 1900-1940 heritage site map created by the 2013 Monumental Women Senior Capstone.  This program is presented in conjunction with Monumental Women's community partner, the Walk of the Heroines. Questions? monumentalwomen.psu@gmailcom.

Film: Miss Representation (Full Film)

Wednesday, March 20th, noon - 1:30 p.m. – Portland Building, 2nd Floor, Auditorium

See March 12th description.

Discussion: Miss Representation

Thursday, March 21st, noon -1 p.m. – Portland Building, 9th Floor, Broadway Room

Join us for a facilitated discussion of the film and how it relates to our everyday lives.

Women’s Clothing Swap

Thursday, March 21st, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. – 1900 Building, Room 7A

Take this chance to swap your old digs with some “new” ones, or at least new to you. Any items not swapped will be donated to Dress for Success.  Contact Nan Stark with questions, 3-3986.

Women’s History Bike Ride

Saturday, March 23rd, 10 a.m. - noon – Meet at 2129SE Ladd

Learn aboutPortland’s heroines as we make our way fromLoneFirCemeterytoSwanIslandon an easy-paced 10-mile ride in honor of Women’s History Month.  We will end with treats at In Other Words Bookstore. Contact Janis McDonald with questions, 3-5358.

Breaking Through the Bias: City Women in STEM Fields

Tuesday, March 26th, noon – 1 p.m. – Portland Building, 2nd Floor, Auditorium

Listen to a lively discussion by City ofPortlandwomen working in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Panel includes: Marveita Redding (BES), Carol Brune (BTS), Jody Yates (PBOT), Colleen Harold (BES), Uma Krishnan (BPS); moderated by Gail Shibley, Mayor Hales’ Chief of Staff.

Celebrate the City’s “Wonder Women”

Wednesday, March 27th, noon – 1 p.m. – Portland Building, 2nd Floor, Auditorium

Celebrate mentors, co-workers, and women you admire at the City.  The Aurora Chorus, powerful women singing for peace, will perform at the celebration.


Women’s History Month Activities Sponsored by

DEEP, Women’s Affinity Group, BPS, BTS, PBOT, Water



For more information contact Janis McDonald, (503) 823-5358,